Kiss me I'm Irish for Addicted to CAS # 59

Happy You're my friend for Paper Players #236, Case this Sketch and Fusion

Hi Everyone.

It's the fabulously talented Ann's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a great CAS challenge for us.  

When I see a theme challenge, I generally need some inspiration in the form of a sketch/colors.  This week I hit the jackpot with a great sketch from casethissketch and a gorgeous color inspiration from fusion.  

Here are the challenges:

Ann's CAS theme challenge:

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The sketch from casethissketch:

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and, finally, the color inspiration from fusion:

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Isn't that photo just perfect for Ann's theme challenge and it's just perfect with the sketch!

This card had three different lives.  Really!  It started off like this:


Pp236.0 (1 of 1)

BUT.... it was just missing something.  The flowers just didn't have enough umph.... and I knew they needed something..... So, I used my Uniball White Gel Pen and added a little detail.


Pp236.1 (1 of 1)

Now... I liked this version much better.  The white lines around the flowers just made them pop and this was the version I decided to load for the challenge.

However, I then decided the purple needed a little lift... so I added some more flowers.


Pp236a (1 of 1)

I really couldn't make up my mind!!! This card took me 3 hours and I still couldn't decide.  So, I'd love to hear which you prefer.  Won't you leave me a comment and let me know whether you think I made the right decision to load Version 2 for the challenge?  I'd love to have another opinion :-)

On a personal note:

Oh..... spring is here.  Oh.  Yes!   It might be getting down to 45 this coming week and I know it isn't going to be the 60+ degrees... but... even 45 above zero is WAY higher than it has been since October!  So, I'll take it - and love it!

Today I noticed another sign of spring.  The Junco's have left.  They have gone back north to prepare their breeding grounds and I know that when they leave, there are other birds further south that are preparing their return to our neck of the woods.  I love the little Junco's and really enjoy their antics during winter, but it is going to be wonderful to see the bright warm-weather birds and I am so looking forward to the return of the Oriole's and the humming birds!   Hopefelly, Niles and Daphne will grace us with their presence again this year :-)

I'll be back tomorrow with another card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White
  • Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp: Flowers on my Mind
  • Inks:  Ranger Distress Inks
  • Tools:  Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle.  Ranger Onyx Liquid Pearl (for the flower centers).  Wink of Stella clear glitter pen (used on the flowers).  Fun foam (used to raise the focal panel


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Wonderful cards!! I love the stepped up details on the third card, but the second one definitely is more CAS with the "pop" that we all love. Thanks for the great inspiration!


Love your cards, but how do you add the fun foam? how do you cut it?
Thank You


Kate, the fun foam is really easy to cut. I generally cut it on my guillotine cutter, or with a pair of scissors. Because it is so soft, it really is very pliable and easy to use. If I need a circle, I use my Big Shot with a circle die and then use a pair of scissors to cut it a little smaller than the circle that goes on top. If I need to cut a shape into the fun foam, I use my dies. If you check out Jennifer McGuire's blog, she has some great videos using Fun Foam. At around minute 5.30 you can see Jennifer using her Big Shot to cut out a circle for a shaker card.
Hope that helps!


I love this sketch and layout! I think the second one is my favorite! Purple is such a hard color for me and yet you & Sandy seem to use it with ease!


What a wonderful sketch as well as the layout
You adding the white gel pen really made a beautiful difference in making them flowers pop.
After you adding a little bit of extra color to your card, I'm in favor of version 3.

Beautiful day here today; shorts and short sleeve shirt with a very light breeze at times. It's nice cause it's drying up all the water puddles that we had standing in our yard. Great day for working outside today.

Have a wonderful and enjoyable evening.

Nancy Baxter

#2 was the right choice! My favorite. Great colors. Your flowers remind me of SU's old pansy stamp set. We have 70 degree weather and lots of Ohio River flooding here. I have to take the long way uphill to get anywhere from my house. I have to go out later today for suet for the birds and people food for us. Enjoy your weather! Nancy B


Great job combining challenges! I loved seeing your process from first version to final version - it's amazing what a difference the extra little touches make. Fabulous card!


Hi Jaydee!

Spring is here also . . .yeahhhhh!!! Working in the garden . . . tons of things to do.

Number 3 is more colorful, but number 2 fills more the CAS challenge . . . difficult to decide.

Enjoy the first signs of Spring.

Marina . . . from far Africa


What a beautiful card for the challenges.... I like both cards!

Ruth Ann Vincent

Hi Jaydee,
Thank you for showing the 3 card steps. I do like the 2nd card the best.
Glad you are warming up for Spring. I put my Hummingbird feeders out today and I'm enjoying watching the birds in our feeders.
Thank you for prayers. I have a need for us for Wed. morning.
Hello to the other followers and God bless you all. Ruth Ann

Joanne James

I think the second one is my favourite Jaydee - I love the monochromatic purple colour scheme and it's one of my favourite colours. Your deliberations made me chuckle - it is so true that CAS does not always mean quick!!!

Sandy M

Ooh I love what you did with this stamp set Jaydee and absolutely love the last card the most! Love those colors! My kit has arrived now too and I thank you for the beautiful inspiration!


The white gel pen adds great definition ... so very glad you joined our Floral Fusion at Fusion Card Challenge.

Leigh Penner

Oh, this is beautiful! I just ordered this stamp set and I love how you used it! Great take on the sketch!

Shannon Jaramillo

I'm laughing at myself here, I got so caught up in your drawer project that I forgot which card I was looking for! I like the guitar birthday card of course, but LOVE what you've done with the flowers here. I knew right away which sketch challenge you were working with, such a fun challenge and your flowers are beautiful!! All three versions are pretty, but my favorite is the third one with all the extra flowers. It's like a whole bouquet on your pretty!

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